Published on January 3, 2018 at 9:24 pm Contact: [email protected] | @jtbloss WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Frank Howard didn’t want to watch. With his back on the ground and his eyes facing the ceiling, he refused the hand Tyus Battle extended to lift him to his feet.Instead, Howard clutched his head with disgust, because in the game’s final minute and his team down by four, Syracuse’s junior point guard committed the costliest of his six turnovers. Freshman forward Oshae Brissett was forced to foul to halt a free bucket, and although Howard sunk another desperation three seconds later, Wake Forest (8-6, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) hit its free throws down the stretch of a 73-67 Demon Deacon win over SU (12-3, 1-1 ACC) in Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum Wednesday night.Wake Forest’s first-ever win over Syracuse — which came in spite of the fact that WFU’s leading scorer Keyshawn Woods played just three minutes after a first-half injury — was built on the glass. SU was out-rebounded for the first time all season, 38-29, and posted its lowest rebound total of the year. Howard sunk five three-pointers and scored 23 points — one of four Orange players to reach double figures — but that didn’t matter because SU couldn’t actually secure that basketball to add the final necessary touches to those point totals.“In the second half, we did everything we needed to on offense,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “But we did not do a good job on the boards which has been something that has really made us this year.”Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning credited his players for employing the fundamentals and boxing out. SU redshirt freshman forward Matthew Moyer said WFU’s starting center, the 7-foot-1, 280-pound Doral Moore, was quicker than he appeared on film. Freshman forward Oshae Brissett noted the five-man effort the Demon Deacons employed when a ball went up for grabs.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They went after it more,” Moyer said.Last season, SU’s bubble burst on Selection Sunday because, although the Orange had impressive wins against ranked teams at home, it lacked any noteworthy accomplishments away from the Carrier Dome. It totaled two road wins all year, coming against bottom-third ACC teams in Clemson and NC State.So Wednesday night’s trip to Wake Forest gave SU a chance to reverse the theme that plagued its last campaign. The Demon Deacons entered the matchup having lost thrice already on its home court, twice to teams outside Kenpom’s top 90 teams. SU came in riding a two-game win streak and a comfortable win in its league-opener against Virginia Tech.And then SU’s glass-game shattered. It brought a three-point lead to intermission thanks to a late 10-0 Orange run and an 11-point half from Howard, who hit his third three of the half on SU’s final possession. After the fade-away fell through the hoop, Howard back-pedaled away from Wake Forest bench with a stare and a smile. He shot the same expression to some heckling fans after a make minutes earlier.SU bested WFU by just one on the glass at halftime. The Demon Deacons made one free throw in the first half, despite entering Wednesday with more than a fifth of their offense coming from the line. Separation was inaccessible to either team. And it stayed that way, with both teams combined for five points by the time the under-16 media timeout came around.“We have to make those plays at the beginning of the game so it’s not a close game at the end,” Battle said.WFU flirted with a soft, full-court press. SU’s junior center Paschal Chukwu sunk two free throws and influenced ample shots in the paint. But Moore’s presence on the boards and Battle’s fourth foul kept Wake Forest close. A Bryant Crawford layup tied the game with 12-and-a-half minutes to go. The Deac’s starting guard never really went away after that, finishing with a team-high 19 points, 14 of which he produced in the second half.SU — relying on a consistent stream of trips to the line, where it went 18-for-23 — continued to build and lose a four-point lead. Battle returned with four fouls just after the ten-minute mark. Crawford and Mitchell Wilbekin sunk back-to-back threes to put the Demon Deacons in front by two. Timeout, nine minutes left.A Howard three put the Orange back in front. Then Howard found Chukwu under the basket. The Orange’s drop-prone center did not struggle with the same type of pass he bobbled earlier, holding on for a two-handed dunk. Howard tacked on two more on the next possession, only to have Crawford hit two more three-pointers to bring his Demon Deacons within one of SU, 53-52. Where SU was good, Crawford was better.“Down the stretch, obviously, we’ve had big plays from Tyus, we’ve had big plays from Frank earlier in the year, but it’s really our defense,” Moyer said. “… If our defense is good, we’re good. If our defense is not good, any team can beat us on any given night.”Brissett missed two free throws. Chaundee Brown and Battle traded three-pointers. WFU added two more buckets from the paint, the second off a goaltending call on Chukwu. At the under-four timeout, the Demon Deacons led by three points and the coliseum, fueled by the fact that two Oshae Brissett missed free throws earned everyone in attendance a free Chick-fil-a sandwich, reached its loudest.SU’s star freshman found redemption in a straight-away three that tied the game at 59. Both teams traded two points. The ping-pong of lead changes grew tiresome, but someone had to win. Terrance Thompson converted a fast-break layup after a long rebound, and SU turned it over after Battle drove out of bounds. The lead was Wake Forest’s for good.Brandon Childress hit a floater, and with a minute to go SU found itself down four and searching for anything on offense. It never found anything but lost rebounds and fouls out of desperation.Even when WFU strayed from its identity and missed the front end of a one-and-one, so did Battle. Then came Howard’s final turnover. A Brissett and-one and Howard three-pointer offered hope, but too late. With 16 seconds left, and a Frank Howard three bringing SU within two — again — Olivier Sarr sunk the final freebies to ice it, and Syracuse was left still searching for its first ACC road win.“We weren’t ready to play at all. I wasn’t ready to play at all,” Battle said. “I know personally, I have to be better. As a team, we have to be better.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
1 December 2010 Ntombi Zondi* of Pimville, Soweto always gets mixed emotions on World Aids Day. Ten years ago to the day, she tested positive for HIV. She speaks about her journey since then, and her belief that HIV/Aids is not a death sentence but an opportunity to create a better life. Ntombi Zondi (*not her real name), a mother of two HIV-negative children, is one of millions of South Africans living with the virus. Speaking to BuaNews at an event to mark World Aids Day on Wednesday, the 36-year-old said she would probably be dead by now if she had not started taking anti-retroviral drugs.Finding out “My decision to test for HIV had little to do with me being sick or suspecting that I had HIV. It was World Aids Day and I was curious to know my status,” says Ntombi, whose red eyes speak of deep emotion. She was 26 at the time and pregnant with her first child. Reliving the day she was tested, Ntombi takes a long pause. “I was in shock. All I could think about was how can this happen to me and why. I was in denial. I was still young and my future was bright.” Soon after testing positive, she started drinking almost every day to hide the pain and the embarrassment. “At that moment, I didn’t care about the baby. But after a while, I started losing weight fast, then I start hearing about people around my age group dying of Aids, and I started freaking out. “I said to myself, I want to live as long as I can. I decided I’m not going to let this kill me. So I started going to the clinic. “I take my treatment (ARVs) every day and I’m looking forward to a longer life. I’m 36 years old now. It was 10 years ago when I [tested positive]. Look at me, I’m still here.”Doing something about it Ntombi says she also owes her longevity to the positive mind-set she adopted after attending counselling sessions, and the support she got from friends and family. “I told myself I am going to hold my head up high and do something positive about it.” She now juggles her part-time jobs with that of being a counsellor for people living with HIV/Aids. Apart from the training she got from a non-profit organisation dealing with HIV/Aids, Ntombi has no formal training, but says people feel at ease talking to her about their status. “I let people know that they should not stop being what they want to be in life just because they are HIV-positive. And I will continue to teach my peers about this until the stigma stops and until we find a cure.” Ntombi fiddles with the red ribbon pinned on her right breast pocket. “I know that some are asking a hidden question: they wonder what experiences in my life have moved me so that I would want to wear a red ribbon every day. “My answer is always the same: I wear it because I can. I am still alive, still able to carry the message about the reality and urgency of Aids and how HIV can be prevented. I carry this message for those whose voices can no longer be heard, but whose presence can still be felt.” Although living with the virus was not easy, Ntombi says people should not see it as a death sentence but as an opportunity to create a better life.Telling family and friends She says she decided to disclose her status in order to stop people from talking behind her back and to motivate others living with the virus. It took Ntombi about six months to make her first disclosure. It was to her mother, who was disappointed at first. “I did it because I wanted them to know the truth, that HIV is here and it doesn’t matter how educated you are,” she said, adding that she was also avoiding a scenario where people would gawk should her health take a turn for the worse. At times, Ntombi admits that she gets depressed from thinking about her status. “Sometimes I feel I am not ready to die. My wish is to be with my family, especially my daughters, for years to come.” Asked if she has made peace with the father of her first child, whom she claims infected her, Ntombi takes a deep breath and thinks before she answers. “I was never mad at him for infecting me. I was mad at him for not wanting to talk to me afterwards; but now I have made peace. I have a supporting family, boyfriend, and friends who don’t judge me.” Source: BuaNews
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The Canadian Press HALIFAX — Up to 700 Canadian Forces personnel will be fanning out across the Maritimes today to help restore electricity, clear roadways and evacuate residents in flooded areas following the wrath of Dorian.The former hurricane howled into Atlantic Canada yesterday as a ferocious post-tropical storm with wind gusts reaching nearly 150 kilometres an hour.In the Halifax area, which was among the hardest hit, the storm uprooted trees, ripped into roofs and pulled down powerlines, leaving hundreds of thousands of people in the dark.Nova Scotia Power said it had crews standing by ready to make repairs as soon as it was safe for them to do so.As the storm plowed into Prince Edward Island, about 50,000 homes and businesses were soon without power, as were another 74,000 in New Brunswick.Early this morning the west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador was bracing for heavy rain, strong winds, storm surges and large waves, however, Newfoundland Power said it was ready for the storm and would provided updates through an automated alert system.There have been no reports of injuries in the Maritimes linked to Dorian, but dramatic footage shared on social media showed a large crane swaying in the wind and collapsing into the side of an empty apartment building under construction in downtown Halifax.In the city’s south end, a roof was ripped off another apartment complex, while other images on social media showed scores of upended trees, a torn-up waterfront boardwalk, flooded streets and flying debris.The Canadian Red Cross opened three evacuation shelters in the Halifax region.As Dorian closed in on the Maritimes, it strengthened to become a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds reaching 160 km/h. But it weakened by the time it came ashore near Sambro, N.S., at 7:15 p.m. and was downgraded to a post-tropical storm.Despite its downgrade, Dorian continued to produce hurricane-force winds well above 120 km/h.
VENICE — Following the dramatic crash of the MSC Opera in Venice earlier this week, MSC Cruises has announced a cruise cancellation as it awaits the completion of an ensuing investigation. According to an official statement, the MSC Opera was required to undergo repair works after it rammed into a dock in Venice’s Giudecca Canal on June 2. Though repairs were already completed on Monday, the ship is currently still waiting for authorities to give it the go ahead to sail.“As these procedures are taking a few days longer than originally expected, and we now know that the ship will not be able to depart in time for its next sailing, we have taken the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the upcoming cruise sailing from Bari on June 8, and from Venice on June 9,” said the cruise line.MSC Opera was due to host 2,451 guests from 53 countries on the cruise. MSC Cruises says it has informed passengers and travel agents about the cancellation, and is offering alternative options, including a full refund of the cruise fare and incurred travel expenses as well as any pre-booked services. More news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksAdditionally, the company is offering a 50% discount on a future seven- to 21-night cruise before the end of 2020. << Previous PostNext Post >> Share